Chennai, April 09, Tuesday at 08:00 PM IST
The first fixture of Sunday’s doubleheader will be played at Eden Gardens in the evening where Kolkata Knight Riders will be taking on table-toppers Chennai Super Kings. The hosts were at the receiving end when both the teams met previously at M Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Playing in the home-conditions, Knight Riders would be looking to avenge their loss and return to winning ways.
Placed at the top, Chennai Super Kings have secured 6 wins in 7 encounters. Their only defeat came against Mumbai Indians in Mumbai and the side is looking well balanced. On the opposite, Kolkata Knight Riders have faced back to back defeats in last two encounters and would be desperate for a win to return to winning ways. Despite posting a good total of 179 runs, KKR faced 7 wickets drubbing at the hands of Delhi Capitals in the last encounter and let’s see if they manage to bounce back against CSK or succumb to their third loss on the trot.
Both the teams met at MA Chidambaram Stadium on April 09. The sluggish wicket of Chennai was once again under the scanner as Kolkata finished up the innings at 108/9, courtesy Andre Russell’s unbeaten fifty.
In reply, Chennai chased down the target 17.2 overs with 7 wickets in hand, courtesy Faf du Plessis’ unbeaten 43 off 45 deliveries.
While the wicket at Eden Gardens will be completely opposite to Chennai, a high-scoring clash is expected to take place tonight.
Total – 22
Chennai Super Kings – 13
Kolkata Knight Riders – 08
The Eden Gardens in Kolkata is amongst the smallest grounds in this season. The average score at this venue in the game so far has been 9 runs per over. The seam bowlers can get a bit of help but will have to be specific with their length. The wicket has grassy tracks so there won’t be much help to spinners and chasing the target will be quite easier in the second innings.
Matches won batting first – 28
Matches won bowling first – 45
Average 1st Inns scores – 158
Average 2nd Inns scores – 144
Highest total recorded – 218/4 (20 Ov) by KKR vs KXIP
Lowest total recorded – 49/10 (9.4 Ov) by RCB vs KKR
Highest score chased – 204/2 (18.2 Ov) by KXIP vs KKR
Lowest score defended – 114/4 (20 Ov) by CSK vs KKR
Total – 08
Kolkata Knight Riders – 04
Chennai Super Kings – 04
Here’s how the two sides may lineup –
KKR Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Dinesh Karthik
Batsmen – Joe Denly, Nitish Rana, R Uthappa, Shubhman Gill
All-rounder – Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine/Andre Russell
Bowlers – P Chawla, P Krishna, H Gurney/Lockie Ferguson, Kuldeep Yadav
CSK Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – MS Dhoni (C)
Batsmen – Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu
All-rounder – Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers -Deepak Chahar, M Santner, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
Kolkata Knight Riders-
Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik (c), Sandeep Warrier, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, KC Cariappa, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Harry Gurney, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Piyush Chawla, Carlos Brathwaite, Nikhil Naik, Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, Yarra Prithviraj
Chennai Super Kings –
Chaitanya Bishnoi, N Jagadeesan, Dwayne Bravo, Dhruv Shorey, Sam Billings, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Monu Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w/c), Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Mitchell Santner, David Willey, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Kedar Jadhav, Mohit Sharma
In wicketkeeper, Dhoni will be a better choice as Karthik has looked slightly off colour with the bat in this season. Also, the last time Dhoni played at Eden Gardens, he smashed unbeaten 43. So, he can be the right pick.
In last four innings at Eden, S Raina has scored 31, 84, 14 and 8. Also, Kuldeep Yadav was the bowler who dismissed him in the last two occasions.
Ambati Rayudu has lost his wicket to spinners in last three innings at Eden Gardens
Playing for RR, Watson smashed a ton against KKR in 2015 and in his last outing at Eden Gardens he scored 36 when S Narine got rid of him.
S Gill scored an unbeaten fifty and guided his side to a win when last time KKR hosted CSK at Eden Gardens
Andre Russell has been in the form of his life and is a must-have option.
As per the stats, spinners especially Kuldeep Yadav and P Chawla have troubled Super Kings at Edem Gardens. However, Kuldeep hasn’t picked many wickets this season but has a wonderful economy.
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
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